Nigeria @ 60: Trials, Triumphs and Trajectories

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October 14, 2020 to October 18, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Black History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Demographic History / Studies, Military History


Announces its 65th Annual Congress/Conference

Date: Wednesday, 14th October – Sunday, 18th October, 2020

Venue: Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja



Nigeria @ 60: Trials, Triumphs and Trajectories


Concept Note

On the 1st day of October, 1960, Nigeria regained her independence from Britain, amidst pump and pageantry. Nigerians from all works of life took to the streets, to public and personal houses to celebrate this momentous occasion and epoch making event. October 1, 2020, makes it exactly 60 years since the country regained her independence from the British. The fanfare that greeted successive Independence Day celebrations, especially few years after the Union Jack was lowered and the green white green hoisted, have since ended. Sixty years after, the time for stock-taking by all stakeholders in the Nigeria Project is finally here and starring us directly in the face. We must now gather to appraise our journey so far, reflect on the paths taken or not taken, mistakes made, lessons learnt; and debate future trajectories. This Congress/Conference, with the theme: Nigeria @ 60: Trials, Triumphs and Trajectories, is therefore, convened to interrogate these numerous challenges, their nature and character and what they portend for our nation building efforts.

This year’s Conference will be organized on a multi-teamed basis with three panels running concurrently with the following themes:

  • Humanity and Societal Development in Nigeria Since 1960
  • Security, Crime, Criminality and Violence in Nigeria
  • Nigeria, Africa and the Wider World


Abstracts of not more than 250 words should be submitted under any of the above themes to on or before 1st August, 2020. All abstracts must be accompanied with a non-refundable fee of N5, 000. Participants are to note that only authors of accepted abstracts would be invited to submit full papers. Abstracts should include paper title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, phone number and evidence of payment. All full papers must be received on or before 1st September, 2020. For more details on the conference, participants are requested to visit  

Professor Kenneth Dike Memorial Guest Lecturer          -  Professor Enoch Oyedele






Wednesday, 14th October – Sunday, 18th October, 2020



Wednesday, 14th October, 2020         - Arrival and Registration

Thursday, 15th October, 2020             -Opening Ceremonies and First Working Session

Friday, 16th October, 2020                  -2nd and 3rd Working Session

Saturday, 17th October, 2020              -4th Working Session/AGM and Closing Ceremonies

Sunday 18th                                          -Departure


Conference Fee: N20, 000 paid to Historical Society of Nigeria, Heritage Bank; Account Number: 1400171650

Chief Host/Convener

Professor Okpeh O. Okpeh, Jr., FHSN


Chairman Conference Organising Committee

Professor Chukwuma C. Osakwe


Secretary, Conference Organising Committee

Patrick I. Ukase, PhD






Contact Info: 

Department of History and International Studies, Kogi State University, Anyigba

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